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New country in loss for Tibetans

About 200 Tibetans former refugees call Norwich and Old Saybrook home. Together, they have mourned what they lost — lucrative jobs, their country, family members — and rejoiced in what they gained — a living wage, a new country, freedom.

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Members of the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut including Rinchen Gonpo, center, of Uncasville, participate during an almost-weekly prayer group at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Norwich Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

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Members of the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut are led in prayer by Tenpa Tenpa, third from right, of Uncasville, as it hosts an almost-weekly prayer group at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Norwich Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

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A participant of the almost-weekly prayer group hosted by Members of the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut, hold beads in one hand as he checks his cell phone with the other at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Norwich Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

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Tenzin Choekyi, left, of Old Saybrook (no relation), works with her close friend Kunga Choekyi, not in photo and her husband Jampa Tsondue, not in photo, of Old Saybrook, as they prepare khapse, at the home of Kunga Choekyi, for the upcoming Tibetan celebration of the new year, known as Losar, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

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Kunga Choekyi, center, of Old Saybrook, prepares khapse, at her home with close friend Tenzin Choekyi, left, of Old Saybrook (no relation), for the upcoming Tibetan celebration of the new year, known as Losar, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

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Jampa Tsondue, of Old Saybrook, prepares khapse, at his home, with his wife Kunga Choekyi and her close friend Tenzin Choekyi of Old Saybrook, (no relation), for the upcoming Tibetan celebration of the new year Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

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Members of the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut hosts an almost-weekly prayer group at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Norwich, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

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Kunga Choekyi, of Old Saybrook, prepares khapse, at her home with close friend Tenzin Choekyi, not in photo, for the upcoming Tibetan celebration of the new year Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

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Two-year-old Dukmo Samten carefully walks across the floor as she attempts to walk without stepping on her dress as members of the Tibetan American Community of Connecticut host an almost-weekly prayer group at the American Legion Post No. 4 in Norwich Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.